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ChasSmith commented about Neptune Drive-In on Aug 3, 2017 at 8:33 am

In 2017 this is still the Daytona Drive-In Christian Church. An August 1, 2017 article in the NY Times includes a short but nicely shot and edited video documentary. If this link doesn’t work, go to the Times site and search on “Drive-In Jesus”.

On both Google and Bing Maps, the property is fully recognizable as a former drive-in, with concessions building and many of the speaker poles still remaining.

ChasSmith commented about Hologram USA Hollywood Theater on Apr 28, 2017 at 9:08 am

I lived in Hollywood, and then nearby, from 1972 to 1982, and I’m pretty sure it played there (along with “The Devil in Miss Jones”) pretty much throughout those years.

ChasSmith commented about Plantation Theatre on Mar 26, 2017 at 3:49 pm

Thank you for these, rivest266!

ChasSmith commented about Cleveland, OH - With demolition permit, it looks like curtains for long-vacant Center Mayfield Theatre on Jan 28, 2017 at 8:11 am

Sad news. The Center Mayfield was one of my primary theaters in my movie-going college days back in the early 1970s.

ChasSmith commented about Continental Art Theatre on Mar 10, 2016 at 6:40 pm

jsomich on January 10, 2005 …..

The Continental was where manager Nico Jacobellis got in big trouble for showing the “dirty” movie, I Am Curious Yellow.

Thanks, that confirms something for me. I was living on Euclid near Eddy Rd. when I turned 21, and one of the first things I did was go down the street there to see “I Am Curious Yellow”. I’d bet this is also the place that ran “The Lickerish Quartet” around that time.

I think they also ran second-run mainstream films, as I recall seeing “The Birds” there.

ChasSmith commented about Judge issues order putting Chautauqua Amphitheater demolition on hold on Jan 30, 2016 at 7:04 am

An issue worthy of attention, to be sure. But nothing at all to do with CINEMA, past or present.

This blog is SO in need of some guidance and oversight.

ChasSmith commented about It’s Fade to Black for Midtown’s Iconic Ziegfeld Movie Theater on Jan 22, 2016 at 10:20 pm

Sickening. Heartbreaking.

ChasSmith commented about Lauderdale Drive-In on Jan 18, 2016 at 12:39 pm

Thank you! Would love to know the approximate time frame of the two sales, or at least the first one which you said was during your high school years.

Just looked back at my earlier comments and can’t believe I wrote northwest corner! It was the northeast. I have a topo map around here somewhere…

We lived just south of Davie Blvd. (I went to Stranahan), and the Lauderdale and Davie Blvd. drive-ins were our most frequented throughout the early and mid-1960s. Many wonderful memories of that time.

ChasSmith commented about Frank Sinatra Draws Thousands at Paramount Theatre in 1944 on Dec 28, 2015 at 10:31 pm


ChasSmith commented about Theatre Gems: Great News From Classic Cinemas! on Nov 10, 2015 at 12:16 pm

I was about to comment on that as well. It’s a big country. I wish theater locations would be identified right at the top of any article.

ChasSmith commented about Hunt's Cinestage Theatre on Sep 29, 2015 at 9:07 pm

I appreciate that info! It’s very helpful and means a lot. Thank you!

ChasSmith commented about Southington Drive-In on Jul 19, 2015 at 8:26 pm

Can someone who’s attended in the last couple of years provide some information on how they actually project movies? I hope “badly lit DVDs onto a dilapidated screen” is hyperbole, or at least an outdated description. How well or badly is the feature projected? How’s the sound? Are there concessions, and how are they?

ChasSmith commented about Guild Theatre on Jul 13, 2015 at 9:51 am

Just caught a quick passing shot of this in one of the first season episodes of ADAM-12, with “Reflections in a Golden Eye” showing on the marquee. I think there was a Bob’s Big Boy across the street.

ChasSmith commented about Backstage at Atlanta's Fox Theatre on Jun 9, 2015 at 11:25 am

Beautiful stuff. Keep it coming!

Love the floor plan, too. Always wish there were more of those around.

ChasSmith commented about News From Loews Jersey City on Jun 4, 2015 at 9:20 pm

Keep fighting the good fight, people.

BTW, anyone who hasn’t yet visited the Loews and walked through its magnificent spaces is really missing something.

ChasSmith commented about Lauderdale Drive-In on May 6, 2015 at 7:24 am

Also, unfortunately, the status should be “demolished”.

ChasSmith commented about Lauderdale Drive-In on May 6, 2015 at 7:22 am

BTW, the drive-in was in the northwest corner of West Broward Blvd. and 27th Avenue — not Wingate Road.

ChasSmith commented about Lauderdale Drive-In on May 6, 2015 at 7:17 am

My family regularly attended the Lauderdale Drive-In during the early 1960s, and it just happens that our church held early Sunday morning services there. I’ve just uploaded four pages of a 1963 tenth-anniversary program commemorating those services.

Naturally, I wish there were more pictures of the drive-in itself, but the last of the four pages does show a portion of the concession stand!

For anyone who might be interested, the complete program is posted at

ChasSmith commented about Eastgate 10 Theatre on Apr 4, 2015 at 5:50 am

I can’t believe I missed the fact that this one opened in 1996!

Thank you both! I’ll check out those others.

ChasSmith commented about A Tribute to Our Former Blog Editor Michael Zoldessy on Nov 11, 2014 at 6:35 pm

Thank you for all you’ve done in making this a treasured and invaluable site.

ChasSmith commented about Blog Hiatus on Oct 27, 2014 at 5:00 pm

OMG, don’t let the main site go ANYWHERE.

Thanks, and all best wishes, forever and ever! :)

ChasSmith commented about Beloved Marin cinema could be torn down for housing on Oct 1, 2014 at 1:12 pm


ChasSmith commented about St. Albans Drive-In closes on Jul 22, 2014 at 9:13 pm

Another piece of lousy news. So sorry to hear this.

ChasSmith commented about Fair Oaks Drive-In on Jul 9, 2014 at 6:56 am

Terrible news!

ChasSmith commented about City council grants Century 21 dome theater historical status on Jun 13, 2014 at 9:41 am

Second all of that! This is the kind of news we can use once in a while.